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    As down the glen one Easter morn to a city fair rode I, 
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    There armed lines of marching men in squadrons passed me by; 
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    No pipe did hum, nor battle drum did sound it's loud tattoo, 
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    But the Angelus bell o'er the Liffey's swell rang out through the Foggy Dew. 
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    Right proudly high o'er Dublin Town they hung out the flag of war, 
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    Twas better die neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sud El Bar; 
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    And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through, 
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    While Brittania's Huns, with their long range guns, sailed in through the Foggy Dew. 
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    O, the night fell black, and the rifles crack made "Perfidious Albion" reel, 
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    'Mid the leaden rain, seven tongues of flame did shine o'er the lines of steel; 
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    By each shinning blade a prayer was said that to Ireland her sons be true, 
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    And when morning broke still the war flag shook out it's folds in the Foggy Dew. 
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    'Twas England bade our Wild Geese go that small nations might be free, 
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    But their lonely graves are by Suvla's waves or the fringe of the Great North Sea. 
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    Oh had they died by Pearse's side or had fought with Cathal Brugha, 
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    Their names we'd keep where the Fenians sleep, 'neath the shroud of the Foggy Dew 
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    But the bravest fell, and the requiem bell rang mournfully and clear, 
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    For those who died the Eastertide in the springtime of the year. 
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    While the world did gaze with deep amaze at those fearless men but few, 
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    Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the Foggy Dew, 
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    Back through the glen I rode again, and my heart with grief was sore, 
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    For I parted then with valient men who I never shall see more; 
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    But to and from in my dreams I go, and I'd kneel and pray for you, 
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    For slavery fled, O glorious dead when you fell in the Foggy Dew.